The glass is a magical material having multifarious features and uses. There is no doubt if we use glass as a building material it changes the ambiance of the building. It provides options to architects with various possibilities and new design. Glass is a combination of different material such as lime, silica, sodium potassium carbonate, and manganese oxide. During construction, it is mostly used as transparent glazing material and for various architectural features like windows, doors, and partition area. Moreover, it can be molded into any shape by using the high-temperature heat. This is another reason why the material is considered as one of the most popular options.
How glass benefit the environment?
Many business owners are installing shop fronts as they provide several benefits along with it also protect the environment.
- Energy efficiency
The glass shop fronts are highly energy efficient because when they are manufactured they are double glazed. Earlier, the glass was only installed with single paned window. Due to double glazing, it helps in preventing heat loss and reduce drafts (gaps). In addition to this, less energy will be required by the heating system or air conditioner as they regulate the temperature inside the shop or store. It is very important that you use the double glazing material so that the amount of carbon emission can be reduced and we get a better and safe environment.
Another reason is glass material can be recycled very easily. The shop or business owner who want to change or install a new shopfront can easily to do this and it will not harm the environment. You can easily get the material recycled. Moreover, if the glass gets damaged or broken it can be gathered and remelted so that it can be used again.
- Natural light
As we all know the material is transparent so it helps in letting natural light inside the shop or the building. Even if the window or door is closed glass allow natural light to enter the room or at any place. In addition to this, this will also reduce the electricity bill as you don’t have to use light during the day. This way you can enjoy the natural light as well as save the environment.
- U value
Another reason why glass is very helpful as compared to other material because of U value. With this we the amount of heat transferred from the window or door can be calculated very easily. So, if the U-value of glass is lower it means it provides better insulation as compared to other material.